Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hurricane Alley (Daytona)
I personally would love to have the opportunity to make $18,000.00 in one night.
I still do not understand why people say the pay is low? What is it low compared to? I work hard everyday, and there have been many days where my life was in danger (I have worked in Iraq a few times). Just because I work hard and put myself at risk does not mean that I deserve to get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars!
It is simple economics really. A fighter will get paid what they are worth to the company at the time that they sign their contract. Fighters that are getting paid $10,000.00 or less to fight are only worth that to the UFC. Only one guy on the main card was a sub-10-grand fighter and he lost.
If a fighter is not selling PPV’s and putting butts in the seats they are not worth much to the UFC. These guys are fighting trying to make a name for themselves to put them in a position where they are worth more to the company.
Jardine is a perfect example. He made much less than he is now for a while. He went out and won some high profile fights. He is now reaping the rewards. Had he won the decision he would have taken home $170,000.00 (including FOTN bonus) but even after a loss he took home $115,000.00 (and who knows how much other money he gets that is not reported to the athletic commission). He has proven to be a draw for the company and he is now worth more to the company.
So are some fighters “operating in the red” (meaning spending more money to train than they are getting paid to fight)?
I am sure there are many. I am one of them. I train 3-4 days a week and it costs me quite a bit to do so. I have been offered a pro fight on a very small promotion and the money was merely pennies compared to what I pay to train. This is a sport and a business, it is not a charity that rewards people for trying! Just because you are training, doesn’t mean you deserve to get a big payday!
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Dan The Ju